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What IS the BattleMasters program at CAA?
BattleMasters is a structured martial arts program for boys and girls centered squarely on using padded weapons to explore historical and cultural weapons combat styles. Our program offer students the opportunity to engage in close-range, edged weapons combat technique - and then to apply them in real-time, full-force battle simulations (games)!
It's easiest to think of our programs in the context of a traditional unarmed martial arts program like Karate or Taekwon-Do. Students attend weekly class, train and work on learning skills, movements, patterns, kata and eventually demonstrate their progress through Testing and our original BattleGames. We have mentoring and leadership development built right in and expect our students to strive for excellence as they complete levels of challenging training to attain the vaunted Black Sash and the title of BATTLEMASTER!
So this is more than just smacking each other with padded swords?
Yes, much more! Developing and deepening self-confidence, personal mastery, and physical coordination/fitness are the larger goals of the BattleMasters programs. Proper behavior, focus, and participation ensure positive accomplishments - and such are the expectations of students in the program. This is so much MORE than just whacking each other with padded swords: it is the serious study of centuries-old technique and a purposeful opportunity to develop the heroic aspects of one's self. As this is the case, we honor those who created and developed these arts in the past by working to master them in the present. Discipline and dedication result in this kind of mastery.
At BattleMasters, we have a saying: “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes EXCELLENT!”
Excellence is what we are striving for in all things.
It is the hallmark of a true Hero…
VIRTUES OF THE BATTLEMASTER: THE HERO WITHIN
We believe that within each of us exists a 'Hero'.
Normally dormant, the heroic self is an iconic version of ourselves that manifests during moments of great tension or pressure. It can act with purpose and a heightened awareness of right and wrong, seeking to choose the proper and correct action. The Hero only uses force if necessary - and always the proper amount - for a true Hero ALWAYS exercises discipline and control. The Hero is a warrior - the warrior embodied in the concepts of guardian, protector, knight, and champion. One who earns these titles exemplifies the highest of virtues that we admire in great leaders and heroes throughout the ages: Honor, Honesty, Courage, Compassion, Loyalty, Service, Sincerity, Mastery, and perhaps most important of all, Humility. Never is the Hero a bully or villain.
THE HERO WITHOUT
The 'Hero' can be trained and developed.
How do you TRAIN to become a HERO? Well, believe it or not, you CAN train to confidently perform like a hero - it just takes practice. The results and effects of your training to be the hero ultimately hinge on your choice alone: to be the hero or to be the villain. Remember, with great power and knowledge comes great responsibility.
Thus, the BattleMasters™ programs encourage the development of positive Virtues at each level - work must be done to demonstrate understanding and some growth...thus the Hero's Code of Honor.
The BattleMaster Code of Honor is a verbal expression of the BattleMasters Hero Philosophy. It is also a pre-class opportunity for students to re-commit themselves to the program and to re-establish respect and authority for the instructors. Students should not say the Code of Honor lightly. They should understand that they are promising to uphold themselves to scrutiny and to prove themselves worthy of the training they receive. As the Code is said before every class, it sets the tempo and pace for the entire practice. Its purpose is to empower and give positive momentum to the student’s training and to remind them why they are participating in the martial arts. This Code is repeated every time a student undergoes a Level Test.
I) I will develop myself in a Positive manner: Both Mentally and Physically
The BattleMaster Program is designed to help provide structure and growth opportunities for students of all ages. Our activities certainly challenge the physical abilities of the body and they also challenge the intellect. Teaching the importance of good physical health as well as a solid ability to problem solve under intense pressure are lessons that will have a direct impact upon students for a lifetime.
II) I will develop Positive Virtues in order to Bring out the Best in Myself and Others
BattleMasters know that the Hero that waits to be released within each of us can be developed and strengthened in stages, even during normal times, when under no pressure, if one is patient and dedicated. The shape of our inner Hero is molded by purposefully developing the high Virtues that we admire in the heroes and great leaders of history. The charisma and lasting impression of these figures of lore is defined by their actions, in accordance with their use of Virtuous behavior and decisions, that results in an enduring legacy of legend.
III) I will NEVER use my skills to Abuse or Offend Anyone
Never is the Hero a bully or villain. Unleashing the inner Hero means exercising control and developing mastery. Undisciplined, wild power is dangerous to the wielder AND those nearby. Discipline is what separates the ruffians from the royalty. Humility, the most important BattleMaster Virtue, is the keystone that keeps the other Virtues in check. It allows the Hero to fully develop and become a person commanding respect and authority. Arrogance and condescension – if not replaced by Discipline, Mastery, or Humility – create the Villains that have caused terror and fear throughout the ages. The BattleMaster Program seeks to prevent this from happening by reinforcing the positive development of the iconic Hero that sleeps within us all.
IV) I will do My Personal Best in this class (or on this Test)
As with any sport or worthwhile endeavor, the final assessment of satisfaction and of a job ‘well-done’ is derived from how much investment is made directly by the one doing the work. This is the value of a sense of accomplishment. In the case of BattleMasters, students know that giving their all in all areas – mentally, physically, and behaviorally – is part of their duty and leadership roles within the course. And of course, a Hero does not do things half-heartedly - the Hero goes all-out, fully energized and ready to deal with anything.